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Fire strikes on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Firefighters take part in an earlier strike in November at South Shore fire station

Firefighters take part in an earlier strike in November at South Shore fire station

A fresh round of strikes over the festive period will see Lancashire firefighters walk out three times in 11 days.

The Fire Brigades Union has today confirmed more strikes will take place on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve in a dispute with the government over pensions.

Firefighters will walk out from 7pm on December 24 until midnight. A further strike is planned to start at 6.30pm on December 31, lasting until 12.30am on New Year’s Day.

Another two-hour walk-out will be staged on January 3, from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.

FBU General Secretary, Matt Wrack, said: “Firefighters provide a first-class standard of service 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, and these strikes will remind government just how reliant they are on our members’ professionalism, commitment and flexibility.

“However, there should be no need for industrial action, and it’s absurd that firefighters’ concerns over pensions have not been addressed already.

“The government must stop claiming they are negotiating when they have refused to talk for two months and insist on forcing through proposals that are unaffordable, unworkable and unfair.

“By simply conceding common sense and allowing firefighters a fair deal, the government could end this industrial action today.”

Firefighters have so far gone on strike six times during the on-going dispute over plans to change their pensions and raise their retirement age.

The last two walk-outs, on Friday and Saturday, saw resilience crews in Lancashire called out to a total of 16 incidents across the county.

 

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